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Newly elected congressional leadership supports president’s administration in Guatemala, increasing government stability despite persistent corruption scandals

02 February 2018


On 1 February, 90 out of 158 deputies in Guatemala’s Congress voted to approve its new 2018–19 Congress directorate, selected by the governing alliance.

This took place only days after the Constitutional Court suspended the previous leadership, arguing that its composition breached several laws. The congressional president remains Unionist Party (Partido Unionista) Deputy Álvaro Arzú Escobar, the son of former Guatemalan president Álvaro Arzú Irigoyen and a close supporter of President Jimmy Morales. The directorate’s composition indicates stability within the governing National Convergence Front (Frente de Convergencia Nacional: FCN-Nacion) alliance. They were able to adopt their original selection with only minor changes, demonstrating their ability to achieve a congressional majority and progress legislation.

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